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La laguna de la leche

It has an extension of around 66 square kilometres and a capacity of 130 cubic metres, the Laguna de la Leche (Milky Lake) is the larger reservoir of Cuba. It is placed in the northern part of Ciego de Avila Province.

What is the origin of its name? Does it store milk or water? It is called Laguna de la Leche due to its lithological basement composed by calcareous rocks, marl, sand, turf and other sediments, givingLa Laguna de la Leche a milky appearance to the water. It receives water from two streams.

Before the 30s it had fresh waters, but afterwards the place was used to the transportation of the sugar production of the area by a channel prepared for this purpose. It permitted the introduction of the sea up to the point it became salty. This process made the place to achieve records of salt levels, up to 48 grams per litre in 1988.

The Laguna de La Leche is very important for tourism, water sports and fish farming, as well as for every person who would like to enjoy of its warm waters.